Achieving that perfect “glass skin” that K-Beauty gurus have mastered can involve a lot of research and experimentation. This is all part of the fun, but allow us to help break it down for you.
Step one: Oil Cleanser
To remove makeup and other impurities put on our skin throughout the day, start with an oil cleanser. Massage it over your dry face and neck and then add a splash of lukewarm water to emulsify the cleanser. Massage again and then rinse everything off!
Step two: Water-Based Cleanser
Use a water-based cleanser to remove any remaining impurities from your face.
Step three: Exfoliator
Exfoliating your skin should be a regular part of your skincare regimen! When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Also, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to breakouts! K-beauty gurus recommend exfoliating twice a week.
Examples of exfoliators:
Step Four: Toner
The purpose of toner is to rebalance the skin’s pH and start the moisturizing process after cleansing.
Examples of toners:
Step Five: Essence
An essence is made for hydrating and aiding skin repair and cell turnover. There are all types of essences designed to do different things!
Step Six: Treatments
This includes serums, which are concentrated versions of essences designed to treat one problem, and spot treatments. Vitamin C serums, for example, treat hyperpigmentation. This would also be a good time to use COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches and light therapy to spot-treat acne. If you are using a serum or essence that can react to light, such as Vitamin C, we recommend using light therapy between Steps 3 and 4.
Step Seven: Sheet Masks
Sheet masks are face masks in sheet form: they contain rich hydrators and other skin goodies. Usually made out of fiber, cotton, cellulose, or coconut pulp, it has holes for your eyes and mouth. Put on your face for around 20 minutes.
Step Eight: Eye Cream
Because the skin around your eyes is delicate, it needs special care! Eye creams are designed to hydrate and repair skin.
Step Nine: Moisturizer
Using a moisturizer can really help brighten and clear your skin! If you’re dehydrated and your skin is dry, you could be overproducing oil, which causes breakouts! If your skin is dry and not overproducing oil, your skin will look dull.
Step Ten: Sunscreen
Sunscreen is a very important part of any skincare routine! Overexposure to the sun can cause premature aging and wrinkles, not to mention skin cancer!